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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

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Very compelling! The  film takes up where it’s predecessor left off. The Apes have escaped into the woods and have built a whole new world that isn’t much different from that of humans. It is remarkable just how much alike humans and apes truly are. Destined to become a  classic this film takes movies to a whole new level. Under the direction of Director Matt Reeves all of the actors give good performances, but the apes are brilliant. They draw you in and make you feel for them and their plight. You can tell a lot just by looking in to their eyes. You will find yourself cheering for the apes. The story also touches upon the relationships between fathers and sons.

The special effects are very well done. The apes are amazing! The natural way they move as they climb and hang from objects is truly remarkable. The 3D effect really does nothing for the film. There are so many missed 3D opportunities such as when the apes are swinging through the trees. They could’ve made the 3D effect to the extent of making you feel as if you were swinging right along with them. For the most part the effects are very well done especially when the apes are shooting guns. It is thrilling!

Over all the film is a definite must  see. The film draws you in and holds your attention from the opening credits to the end credits. It will appeal to everyone. This film gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.

 

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Movie Review

 

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Transtastic!! This film can proudly take it’s place next to it’s successful predecessors. This time the war is not just against Decepticons but also humans.  The Autobots have been betrayed and it’s game on to find ot why and who. Mark Wahlberg joins the cast as Cade Yeager a poor Farmer and widower father raising his daughter barely maintaining. Many people can truly relate to the plight of his character especially in this day and age. He comes across an old broke down semi truck that turns out to be more than meets the eye. Then the adventure really begins. It is nonstop action from there on.

The special effects are amazing as always. The 3D effect only enhances the film.  The scenes where objects are flying straight at you are thrilling and when they leap off ledges and fly through the air you feel as though you are flying as well. The film is very well done and the cinematography is extremely well done. China is a beautiful place and the cinematography really brings that out. The new breed of Transformers are amazing! The way they break apart or pixilate as they transform is brilliant! You have to see it to believe it!

Over all this film is a must see! It will keep you hanging on the edge of your seat from the opening scene to the closing credits. It has something for everyone! It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.

 

 

 

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Edge of Tomorrow Movie Review

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De ja vu to the extreme! This film is one you will want to see over and over again! Tom Cruise and Emily make a good team. Under the direction of Doug Liman all of the actors deliver good performances. Tom plays Major Cage a reporter in the media department for the US Army who is thrust into combat forced to fight with no military training in a war he didn’t start and certainly doesn’t want any part. Emily plays Rita a female soldier who is the reigning hero of the war saving many lives. Her secret is now his secret. Imagine reliving your death everyday and dying in different ways again and again. This is what happens to Cage and Rita on a daily basis as a result of a freak experience they both share.

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The enemy in the film are aliens called Mimics. No one knows where they come from and so far fighting them has been a loosing battle. The special effects in the film are phenomenal! The agility of the Mimics is amazing. They are like scribbly blurs all lit up on the screen. The XD effect in the film enhances it for the better. When the bullets are flying you feel like you too are in the war. The aerial shots really make you feel like you are falling and the characters on screen are so close and larger than life that it seems you can just reach out and touch them.  This film is more than a movie. It’s an experience that all should share.

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Overall this film is a definite must see. Tom Cruise looks great and appears to be in the best shape of his life. Emily Blunt looks equally as well, which is good because this film is so physical. It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.

 

 

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Fault in Our Stars

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Ready the tissues this film is a definite tear jerker! Based on a book by Author John Green this film is amazing!  This film will leave you with mixed emotions. You will leave having a deeper appreciation for life and our loved ones. This story isn’t about life or death but it is about love and facing death. Cancer is the real horrible villain in this story. Under the direction of Josh Boone all of the actors give good performances. Shailene Woodley plays Hazel a girl dying of cancer stuck being on oxygen for the rest of her life and Ansel Elgort plays Gus a guy who survived cancer by having his leg amputated. The wo meet at a support group for cancer patients. The chemistry between Shailene and Ansel is very apparent. They work very well together.  It is sweet to watch the two characters fall in love. Despite their challenges they never stop living life to the fullest. They even find something to smile about through it all.

This film is very inspiring. Laura Dern plays Hazels’s Mother. She does a great job portraying the emotions a mother would feel knowing she was going to loose her child to cancer. You can see the worry and anguish on her face. But you can also see how grateful she is for everyday she still has her daughter. Willem Defoe plays Hazel’s favorite Author and he is nuts in the film.

Overall this film is very well done. It is inspiring, touching and full of tears. Some will be tears of sorrow and some will be tears of joy. Either way take plenty of tissue. You will need it.  There will not be a dry eye in the theater. The twist at the end will definitely start the tears flowing. This film is a definitely must see. It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.

 

 

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A Million Ways to Die in the West

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The West was never so wild! The irreverent humor and style of Seth MacFarlane fits right in with his latest production also written, produced, starring and directed by him.  Plus with an all star cast consisting of actors like Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Vanni Ribisi and Niel Patrick Harris you just can’t go wrong. The story takes place  in the Old West. Seth plays Albert a sheep herder with no control of his sheep. This is funny because his sheep are everywhere even the roof of his house.  It’s true this film will win no major awards but it definitely delivers in the comedy category by doing exactly what it was meant to do which is make people laugh.

One of the funniest couples in the film Are Albert’s friends Edward and Ruth played by a Vanni Ribisi and Sarah Silverman. What makes them so odd is that Ruth is a whore in the whore house and Edward is her boyfriend. The strange and funny part is Edward is completely ok with her working as a whore. It boggles the mind!! Liam Neeson plays Clinch Leatherwood an outlaw gunslinger. There are so many funny moments like when Albert eats pot cookies or when Albert and Edward are in a bar fight.

Over all this film has everything from romance, fun and even some unlikely heroes to adventure and even a few lessons learned. The biggest lesson learned is to believe in yourself. The surprise cameo at the end of the film is priceless. The film definitely does deliver on the laughs and fun. It also does show several ways to die in the west. It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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Maleficent Movie Review

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Angelina Jolie soars as Maleficent! This film has everything from charm, grace, humor and romance to revenge. It is a definite twist on the original Disney film “Sleeping Beauty.”  But this is an unexpected delightful twist. Change is good and so is this film! Casting was spot on and all of the actors delivered good performances, especially Angelina who gave a brilliant performance. Her daughter Vivian is adorable as little Aurora. Her scene with her Mother is really cute. The story makes sense and is very endearing. Angelina has a way of making us care about this character that for decades has been a true villain. This story is a refreshing change, while still staying true to some aspects of the original story.

This version is a definite must see! The special effects are awesome! The 3D effect does enhance the film at times making the scenes where Maleficent is flying freely through the sky so thrilling. You feel like you are flying right along with her soaring through the air and over the ocean and mountains up to the clouds and feeling the wind on her face blowing through her hair. The cinematography is especially breath taking during these scenes and the scenes showing her home in the Moors. This enchanted world is amazing with the most endearing strange creatures.

Overall this film is a refreshing change also because in it there really are no villains. The story, special effects and cast make it a must see. It is sure to become another Disney Classic! This particular story is proof that there is good in everyone. It also teaches that we should never judge someone because of their appearance. It is ok to be different. Maleficent didn’t look like your typical fairy, but she possessed qualities that made her very special and much needed. She gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

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This film is xcellent! It is the perfect ending to the group saga and the perfect way to lead in to the individual stories which will soon be launched. The entire cast has returned. All of the actors deliver good performances. There are the characters we know and love and some new characters with even more extraordinary abilities. This film takes place in both the future and the past set in the 70′s. There is not a dull moment! Wolverine played by Hugh Jackman always keeps it interesting. The story opens with the last of the mutants being hunted by Sentinels which are machines built with the ability to adapt to any powers a mutant has. They then use that same ability against the mutant and defeat and destroy them in the most merciless way. The only mutants left are Professor Xavier, Magneto and the other remaining X-Men.

The special effects are awesome as always, however the 3D effect does not make or break the film. In fact it does nothing for the film at all. There are so many missed 3D opportunities. Despite all of that this film still will have you hanging on the edge of your seats. It holds your attention from the opening credits to the end credits. The CGI is amazing! The scene where Magneto played by Michael Fassbender lifts a whole football stadium is something to see!! That scene will leave you spellbound!! There are some other amazing moments in the film but that scene tops them all.

Overall this film is a definite must see!! It will appeal to every one. It has something for everyone. The story makes sense and flows well. It draws you in and doesn’t let you go. It has so many twists and turns that you just don’t know how it will end. It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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The Amazing Spider-man 2

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Andrew Garfield returns as the Amazing Spider-Man/Peter Parker and Emma Stone returns as his love interest Gwen Stacy. Jamie Fox joins the cast as a nice guy gone bad Max Dillon/Electro. Dane Dehaan plays Harry Osborne/Green Goblin. Sally Field also returns as Aunt May. If you are familiar with the original comics then you will like this film. The story picks up from where the first film left off and no matter how he tries Peter can’t stay away from Gwen like he promised her father played by Dennis Leary. So their relationship grows despite the risk and dangers due to Peter’s alterego. 

The special effects are amazing! The added 3D definitely enhances the film so much! The scenes where Spider-Man is swinging from his web through the city from building to building is thrilling because you feel as though you are swinging with him sort of like a roller coaster ride in the sky. The aerial view is breath taking! The graphics and CG are amazing! They really bring the film to life. The story makes sense and follows the previous film. Jamie Fox’s character Electro is spectacular as far as special effects! The scene where he drains all of the power in the city is thrilling to watch.

This film has something for everyone. Even the fans of the Toby McGuire era of Spider-Man can’t dispute the quality of this film. From the special effects to the story along with the action of the film overall it is a film worth seeing. Action movie fans will enjoy this film as well.  all of the actors deliver good performances. They really do make you care about the plight of each character. Even Harry Osborne because we discover his fate and why he is the way he is. This film is a definite must see! It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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Rio 2 Movie Review

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Your favorite birds are back! Let’s all go back to Rio! This film is one that never gets old! The first film was great! This second film is as good as the first one. All of the cast have reunited for this sequel along with some new characters. The adventures of  Blue voiced by Jesse Eisenberg and Jewel voiced by Anne Hathawayare fun and relatable for both kids and adults especially since they are now parents. The film opens with Blue and Jewel having some time away from the kids dancing the night away and having fun with their friends, while their kids are getting into things as kids do. Linda voiced by Leslie Mann and Tulio voiced by Rodrigo Santoro are now married and they run a bird sanctuary along with Fernando voiced by Jake T. Austin where Blue and Jewel live with their family.

Linda and Tulio are on an expedition in the Amazon where they discover a blue feather that they believe belongs to another Blue MacCaw. Jewel and Blue decide to fly to the Amazon to find them. In fact the whole gang decides to go with them. It is interesting to see how Blue domestic life spills over into his wild life with Jewel. They are raising their kids the same way.  All of their kids know how to read, play video games and listen to IPODS. When Blue and Jewel prepare to go on their trip Blue uses a GPS to help him with his navigation.

No Rio movie would be complete with Jermaine Clement as Nigel the sinister Cockatoo. This time Nigel even has a girlfriend Gabi voiced by Kristen Chinowith a poisonous frog. The two make quite an odd pair. Overall this film is funny and heart warming filled with music and dancing. It is definitely a must see! Also Bruno Mars does an excellent job as Roberto Jewels child hood friend. It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags!

 

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Noah

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This is definitely not your typical Biblical film. Set in what appears to be midieval times this film is pure fantasy written and directed by Darren Aronofsky.  It is a different twist on an old story. The actors deliver strong performances lead by Russell Crowe who plays Noah. Jennifer Connely plays his wife Naameh, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth play his sons Ham and Shem. Emma Watson  plays Ila Shem’s woman. Anthony Hopkins is a delight as Methuselah.  And Ray Winstone is the villain Tubal-Cain. Aronofsky’s version is quite different to say the least referring to God as the Creator instead of the Lord our God. Infact there is no referrence to God at all, which in a supposed Biblical film is out of the ordinary. In fact this whole film is out of the ordinary. If you don’t know the Biblical story of  Noah then seeing this version will leave you with more questions. Especially the part about the watchers being big rocks who walk, talk and fight, but were originally angels that fell from heaven.

The only redeeming quality about this film is the special effects. They are amazing! Which makes this film a must see because the scene where the rains come and the flood begins is truly inspiring especially because of what it represents. This scene definitely should be experienced in IMAX theatre form.

In a sense it is a powerful film based on what it truly represents. The non-referrence to God, however makes it questionable. Over all the film is entertaining with this strong cast who hold your attention. There are some true referrences such as the story of Cain and Abel and how sin entered the world. Also the portrayal of the wickedness of men is very true then and now. For it’s entertainment value and the subject of the film it gets 3 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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